I’m currently involved in a project with my colleague, Dr. Terrence Clark, to apply virtual reality technology to the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s exhibits. As part of this project we’ve been experimenting with the use of 123D Catch, a freeware product that produces highly realistic 3D models from ordinary digital photographs.
The following images show a test of this technology on the archaeological units that we excavated at AlDf-06 earlier in the week. I’m very impressed by this render; it displays the topography of the site extremely well, and I believe it holds great promise for documenting archaeological features in a more comprehensive manner.
Watch the movie below to take a virtual tour of the excavations at AlDf-06. You will notice the undulating surface of the units – this is the result of repeated ploughing of the subsoil (the natural soil surface before the site was inhabited).